Still considered taboo to many Americans, talking about pay is up there with politics and religion when it comes to what to not talk about with strangers or loved ones at the dinner table. Culturally, it’s one of those topics that many would prefer to keep private. Yet, privacy breeds secrets and lends itself to creating additional falsehoods and distortions. Not talking about pay is one…
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From smartphones to internet news, our modern world is filled with distractions which suck time. While it’s easy to blame technology for the sorry state of modern human attention, one could argue it’s only amplifying human intention and seeking to create more leisure time we all crave. While I’d like to say I’m a shinning example of productivity all of the time, I freely admit technology and…
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  Reality thanks to the power of the internet has become increasingly malleable. Who we know and are can change with just a few clicks of a mouse. It’s never been easier to connect with other people. As explored in the film “Getting Go” however, altering our digital realities often can lead to profound effects on our real lives. “Getting Go” takes the form of a documentary.…
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Originally published on Endless Horizons; travel series commissioned by Fuzz Travel is the quickest way to realign your perspective. Whether it’s a break-up, loss of job, or perceived life “rut,” hopping on a plane and saying “F@#& it,” is a perfect temporary cure. Early last winter, I did just that and headed off to Mexico with a bit of nudging from my fiancé. I was initially resistant to…
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As a Northwestern with roots extending to the American South and Midwest, I’ve come to understand my family better through food. Last weekend I tackled making one of the Holland/Guillory Families’ more complex dishes, Boudin – a rice-pork sausage. The dish comes in a few varieties. The two most well-known are Boudin Noir (includes pig blood) and Boudin Blanc– the version popular with my family.   Boudin gained popularity…
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As a Northwesterner raised by a Midwesterner and Southerner, coffee was a foreign substance in my household.  In its place was pop – a drink often rationed by my siblings and I. Coffee didn’t enter my life in a meaningful way until I returned to Seattle in 2007 for college at the University of Washington.   After years of drinking pop out of a fridge or…
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Movies by nature are designed to entertain but on a deeper level they carry subtle messages and themes, which explain the dreams, ambitions, and fears of the cultures that create them. I recently stumbled across an article in the New York Times titled, “Movies in the Age of Obama” The piece was placed in the entertainment section but provides a fascinating cultural analysis of American film…
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Plot Spoilers Below This past Saturday I watched “Weekend,” a gay romantic comedy about a hook up which takes place over a weekend. It’s a relatively simple movie but it does a good job at explaining the complexity of relationships. The film follows the life of Russell, a Gay man in the UK and his weekend in the city. During a random Friday night out at…
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